Popular Science magazine in November named the unmanned K-MAX helicopter to its “Best of What’s New” list.
Cosgrove said Marine Corps officials were now assessing how to use the helicopters after this deployment.
One senior Marine Corps official said the helicopter was proving useful, but its “niche” in future Marine Corps aviation plans was not yet clear.
U.S. forces are due to withdraw from Afghanistan in 2014.
(Reporting By Andrea Shalal-Esa; Editing by Diane Craft)